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I practice  exclusively in the  area of immigration law and I am  the head of the Immigration Department at Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC.  I am also a founding partner of my law firm.  My immigration practice assists individuals with family reunification and citizenship matters and supports the business immigration needs of local, national, and international corporations and non-profit organizations.  I regularly defends the rights of immigrants and their families and frequently handles complex immigration cases in areas of deportation defense, waiver applications, administrative and federal court appeals, and consular processing matters. 

I am married and have two beautiful daughters and an aging cocker spaniel.  I enjoy playing tennis and soccer and spending time with my family. 



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Cynthia is the only attorney I refer immigration clients to and for good reason. She's the top immigration attorney I know.


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Contact info

6703 S 234th St Ste 300
Kent, WA, 98032-2903


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star in Immigration LawWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Selected to Honor's ProgramU.S. Department of Justice1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHanis Irvine Prothero PLLC2007 - Present
PartnerHanis Irvine Prothero PLLC2003 - Present
Associate AttorneyLe & Associates, PLLC1999 - 2003
N/AU.S. Department of Justice Honor's Program, Seattle Immigration Court1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyer's AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Membership Chair2009 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Pro Bono Committee Chair and Vice Chair2007 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Program Chair2005 - 2006
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Membership Chair2004 - 2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)USCIS Liaison Committee Chair2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Complex removal proceedings caseWaiver approved and client granted green card
Fraud waiver approved in removal proceedingsAfter 5 year fight, client granted new green card
Client was US citizen but never knew itObtained client's U.S. Citizenship Certificate
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Publication nameTitleDate
NW Regional Immigration Law Conference MaterialsPermanent Residence Status Through Family2004
North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial RegulationThe Torch Dims: The Ambiguity of Asylum and the "Well Founded Fear of Persecution" Standard in Sadeghi v. INS1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of VirginiaForeign Affairs and SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Weekly Radio Show on Hispanic Radio Station 1210amAnswer Callers Questions on Immigration2009
Univision Spanish Language Television News ProgramDriver's Licenses and Immigration Status in Washington State2009
Lucy Lopez Community CenterVarious monthly presentations on immigration issues2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association - WA Chapter MeetingAILA National Conference Panel Review2009
Univision Spanish Language Television News ProgramPresidential Election and Impact on Future of Immigration Reform2008
NW Regional Immigration Law ConferenceRemoving Conditions on Permanent Residence (I-751)2006
Centro LatinoBasic concepts of Immigration Law2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association - WA Chapter MeetingFreedom of Information Act Requests for Immigration Records2005
NW Regional Immigration Law ConferenceWhen Family Ties Count: Immigrant Visa Processing2004